Capital Area Central Texas UNIX Society
CACTUS Newsletter

Volume 14, Number 9 - September 1998


September 17th CACTUS Meeting

Another CACTUS Book Order?

by Tom Painter

As many of you know, CACTUS has worked with O'Reilly and Associates publishers to buy books at a discounted price. OR&A are the publishers of the acclaimed Nutshell book series. CACTUS generally organizes a book order every 2 years or so, depending on the number of new titles available. The discounts are related to the number of books that we purchase. Last year we ordered over 700 books and qualified for a 50% discount! A number of people have asked when the next order was going to take place. So, we are now considering placing another order but would like to gauge interest. We would like to hear from you if you would be interested in another book order. If you are not familiar with all of the books that O'Reilly offers, check out their web site at

Remember the rules: Only CACTUS members may order books. Members are encouraged to order for friends and co-workers in order for us to achieve the highest discount possible. Payment must be from the member (no third party checks). The order is COD, with full payment due upon receipt of any books.

If you are interested, please send email to bookorder [at] cactus <dot> org. Please include the number of books that you think that you might order (including the number that your friends might order). You will NOT be held to the number (we'd appreciate an honest estimate, though), but we'd like to get an indication of how many books we'd be looking at and to determine if the timing is right.

All responses should be received by September 20, 1998.


To renew your membership, please send check or money order payable to CACTUS ($25/yr for regular membership and $96/yr for corporate sponsorship):

PO BOX 9786
AUSTIN, TX 78766-9786

You can also pay in person at the general meetings. The date on the upper right hand of the newsletter mailing label indicates when your membership expires. Please direct any inquiries or address changes to membership [at] cactus <dot> org.

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CACTUS Meeting Location: Applied Research Labs

CACTUS meets on the third Thursday of each month at the UT Applied Research Labs (ARL) in the JJ (Jake) Pickle Research Campus (JJ PRC). We'll meet in the main auditorium located directly behind the guard's desk and main lobby.

Please do not show up earlier than 6:20 pm on the specified day. Enter through the main entrance at 10000 Burnet Road for ARL:UT. Tell the guard that you are here for the CACTUS meeting. You will be required to sign a log book, but not required to wear a badge. The guards will direct you to the auditorium entrance. Limited parking in the front of the building is available, but more extensive parking is available in the large parking lot just north of the ARL building. After 6:30 pm, all entrances to JJ PRC, except for the Burnet Road entrance, are closed and locked. You can still enter the parking lot in front of the ARL building. No parking tags are necessary after 6:00 pm. See maps for further details.

Online maps are available at:

As always, please leave the facility as you saw it when you arrived. So let's clean up all pizza and soda items before we leave. Thanks and hope to see all of you there.

Map to the Monthly CACTUS Meeting

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